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Saturday, March 7, 2015

8 Things To Look Out For In Akihabara

Above, some of the advertising that adorn businesses in Akihabara. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

If you've never been to Japan or have been to Japan but never stepped foot in Akihabara, Tokyo's "electric town," Inside Japan Blog has an article on 8 things for visitors to look out for while in the district. Akihabara is known as a mecca for otaku of varying Japanese pop-culture.

They begin their list of things to look out for with:
Akihabara is truly the Japan’s capital of “otaku” – often translated as ‘someone who has obsessive interests in video games, manga, anime, electronics and the like’. There’s more manga and anime in this little district of Tokyo than exists anywhere else in the world. But whether you consider yourself a fan of such things completely misses the point; this neighborhood is a traveler’s dream because it is unlike anywhere else any of us have ever been and will ever go to. And isn’t that why we travel in the first place? 
In a simple stroll through “Akiba” (as it is commonly and affectionately known by most Tokyo-ites) there are more things to point out, talk about and be astonished by then would ever fit in a single blog post so instead I’ve chosen 8 things that I love about this quirky part of town. If you are coming to the area be sure to keep an eye out for the following!

To read more, go here.

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